Northern Tasmanians hold events to celebrate the royal wedding

CHEERS: Glenara Lakes residents Gayle Carroll, John and Helen Burgan and Margaret Meyer prepare for a themed cocktail party before the royal wedding on Saturday night. Picture: Paul Scambler
CHEERS: Glenara Lakes residents Gayle Carroll, John and Helen Burgan and Margaret Meyer prepare for a themed cocktail party before the royal wedding on Saturday night. Picture: Paul Scambler

The words “we love a royal wedding” can be heard throughout the world, with excited Commonwealth subjects planning celebrations to mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.

Up to 60 residents at Glenara Lakes, Youngtown, are joining in the festivities, planning a pre-wedding cocktail party for Saturday afternoon before watching the wedding at their homes.

Trish Bennett, Margaret Meyer, Gayle Carroll, John and Helen Burgan and fellow residents have been collecting footage of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan to screen in the Glenara Lakes auditorium while they sip sparkling wine and enjoy savoury finger food.

“We’ll be dressed up in long dresses and tiaras,” Ms Bennett said.

“There are a lot of royalists here and the wedding is a hot topic of conversation. And everybody loves Harry.”

The auditorium will be decked out in Union Jacks, royal-themed bunting, photos of the happy couple and a portrait of the Queen.

Glenara Lakes residents enjoy getting together to help celebrate such events, including organising a party for Prince George’s christening, Ms Meyer said.

“It’s a fine excuse for a nice evening,” Ms Meyer said.

“We’re a generation that’s grown up with the Little Princess who is now the Queen. And there are lots who are happy to see Diana’s youngest boy married.

“We will have a royal toast,” she said.

The Glenara Lakes community is social generally, but they love to come together for a party, Ms Meyer said.

“It’s a good way to get the village together,” she said.

At the same time Glenara Lakes residents are toasting Harry and Meghan, Danielle Rollins, Melanie Murphy and Emily Sanzaro will be hosting another royal-themed event at Blackstone Heights.

The trio’s friends and their children will dress up in bridal wear, tiaras and “over-the-top frocks” for a wedding celebration.

“We’re having British-inspired food, a tiered wedding cake Meghan would be proud to serve and champagne,” she said.

The home will be decorated with Union Jacks, balloons, royal family books and trinkets and guests will enjoy a game of royal bingo, sparkling wine to toast the couple and “some laughs with friends”. 

Ms Rollins said she had always been interested in the royal family and had always planned to watch this event, but it was made even more fun with friends. 

“I recall watching Andrew and Fergie’s wedding as a child and seeing Princess Diana when she toured Tasmania in 1983,” she said.

“I’m extremely keen to watching Harry and Meghan tie the knot, but really, it’s just a great excuse to have a party!”